Exelon's Clinton nuclear power station, in an undated photo.
(Wikimedia Commons)
September 13, 2016

Exelon Holds Out Hope For Legislative Solution

Exelon wants to state lawmakers approve the Next Generation Energy measure this fall benefitting two of its nuclear plants, including one at Clinton. This week was considered a "point of no return" in some reports, but a company spokesperson says the decision could be reversed as late as November.

Independent Map Amendment logo
Independent Maps Coalition
September 13, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Won’t Reconsider Redistricting Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling that a group's initiative to change how legislative districts are drawn is ineligible for the November ballot. The court issued the ruling Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. The court ruled last month that the Independent Maps coalition's proposal was unconstitutional.

Area residents protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline await the start of Monday Urbana's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 13, 2016

Urbana Council To Consider Resolution Against Dakota Pipeline

Urbana Aldermen will vote at their meeting next week on a resolution to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. The vote to consider the resolution later was added to Monday night's Committee of the Whole agenda after a number of people spoke out against the proposal, saying it could pose an environmental hazard, and post a threat to tribal sacred sites in North Dakota.

St. Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)
September 09, 2016

The Other K-12 Funding Reform Commission

There's a commission on reforming how public schools are funded in Illinois, formed by the Governor. Then there's the meetings hosted by St. Senator Kimberly Lightford, where lawmakers of both parties --- and lobbyists, too --- get together to discuss the hard questions around education funding reform.

In this April 28, 2014 photo, Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill.
David Mercer/Associated Press
September 08, 2016

U Of I System Enrollment Expected To Top Record 81,000; EIU Enrollment Down

Enrollment figures released Thursday show U of I enrollment from a year ago went up 1.2 percent from last fall, enrolling 77,073. That figure is expected to top 81,000 when factoring in online students. Figures in Urbana show the number of new students went up 1.8 percent, including the largest freshman class in campus history, at just under 7,600.

In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Andre Penner/Associated Press
September 02, 2016

Zika Virus Confirmed In Champaign County

The county's first case of Zika virus was confirmed Friday by Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde. But she could not confirm whether that case involved a female University of Illinois student that reportedly sought treatment at McKinley Health Center after returning from a Zika-infected area.

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